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Jan 28, 2016
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Did you do your own taxes or pay to have them done?
by: Anonymous

My best guess is that someone made a mistake. Either in the previous filing or in this one. Although, if either of you changed your withholding (W4) that could make a huge difference. Did you change from single to married on your W4? the amount that is taken out of single payers checks is a higher amount than is taken for the same earned amount from a married person. The tax rate id higher for singles, than married. this not only applies at "tax time" but throughout the year on every paycheck. I used to file my W4 as married but withhold at the higher single rate. That way I KNEW I would never have to pay! Also, that $5000 extra may have jumped you up to the next tax bracket, which could also be the cause of you owing.

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